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WITCHCRAFT
1964 / Horror
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Directed by Don Sharp
Written by Harry Spalding
Starring Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Hedley, Jill Dixon, Viola Keats, Marie Ney, David Weston and Diane Clare

When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

The following tags are associated with this movie: satanic, supernatural, witchcraft
Witchcraft (1964)
Review by Michael Mahoney

6 / 10
This is a moderately fun black-and-white British production, but I couldn't help but feel as though something was missing.

The story's set-up, being a long-standing family feud, was pretty good, and generally, the story was perfectly fine, though I thought it went down a really expected path past a certain point. The crisp black-and-white rendered some of the sequences rather creepy, especially the graveyard scene near the beginning.

As far as the performances go, most of the fun comes from Lon Chaney - though it's over twenty years since he graced the screen as The Wolf Man, he stills does a good job playing a menacing character. As a lead, Jack Hedley does a fine job also, though he's not near as mesmerizing as Chaney is. Most others are somewhat pedestrian.

Like I said, though, the story goes down a somewhat predictable path, and while I wasn't expecting a twist, or anything like that, I was sort of hoping they'd eschew expectations somehow. The whole "this family is good, the other is bad" doesn't make for an overly-captivating family feud film, in my view.

There are still some creepy scenes through, not to mention some rather suspenseful ones (I rather liked some of the driving sequences - I thought they did that pretty well), but for a flick from the classic decade that is the 1960's, I expected a bit more out of it. If anything, see it for Lon Chaney. Otherwise, you're not missing much.
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